Spring Garden Tee and a TDF Update!

I’ve been knitting and spinning my fingers off lately and I have quite a few things to show off as a result! The Tour de Fleece has been going on, and while I haven’t made too much progress with my spinning I have finished a couple of skeins of yarn!

Left: Nuclear Pie on Falkland, Top Right: Boardwalk on SW Merino, Bottom Right: Heather Violet on Organic Merino – all fiber by Two if by Hand

I’ve also been participating in the Summer KAL at Stash, and recently finished my Spring Garden Tee!

Pattern: Spring Garden Tee by Alana Dakos

Yarn: Be Sweet Bamboo in Light Aqua

Modifications: I made the top several inches shorter than the pattern calls for since I wanted a tee instead of a tunic. However, the 100% bamboo yarn grew quite a bit and I now have a tunic length top! I picked up all the underarm stitches and did edging just as I did for the neck. I had hoped that this would prevent the armholes from stretching out too much. I ended up leaving out a couple of raglan increases in order to make the finished chest measurement slightly smaller to account for the stretch I knew would happen. The last mod I made was to add a lace hem to the bottom of the top (I used the lace pattern from the sleeves).

Lace detail at the hem.

The Be Sweet Bamboo makes a lovely, drapey fabric…though, I don’t think I’d ever use it for an adult garment again. I do think I’ll get a lot of wear out of the top, but it definitely stretched over the course of the day wearing it. That said, it’d be lovely for lighter, summery accessories or baby/toddler/child tops!

Last weekend, our friend Laura was in Portland on a little West Coast adventure. We took her to Cannon Beach, Tillamook Cheese Factory, the Portland Saturday Market, and had a little knitting lesson!

Anyone recognize Haystack rock from the movie The Goonies?! 

I just cast-on for several new projects, so I’ll be back soon with progress pics of those and another TDF update!


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Before Dark Sweater and Black Sheep Roundup!

Before I tell you what a great time we had at the Black Sheep Gathering, I finally have a new sweater to show off! I finished just in time for the cool weather we had this weekend and it was the perfect thing to wear on friday at the fiber fest.

Pattern: Before Dark by Veera Välimäki

Yarn: Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK in Espresso

Mods: Well…I kept terrible notes about my mods. I think the only real modification I made was picking up some stitches at the underarm. As written, the pattern doesn’t have you pick up any stitches when you start the sleeves. According to the pattern schematic the sleeves were going to be a bit tighter than I would have liked, so I picked up 4 stitches under each arm and decreased them after a few rows.

As soon as I choose the yarn/pattern combination I knew I wanted to use some wooden buttons from Wooly Moss Roots (and omg when I went to grab the link I saw that they mentioned seeing my sweater at Black Sheep!). We carry them at Stash, but we didn’t have enough of any one kind. Sonia kindly special ordered a set of 8 for me and I couldn’t be more pleased with how they look on the finished sweater!

Veera’s patterns are very well written and I really love the effect of the short rows on the upper back. There are several of her designs (and if I’m being honest probably more like 10) that are on my short list of “things to knit.”

sigh The yarn. Oh, the yarn. Cassiopeia DK is a merino/cashmere/silk blend…need I say more? It knits up beautifully and is oh-so-squishy and soft! There’s definitely another Cassiopeia sweater in my future.

gratuitous grey poodle picture 

Now…onto Black Sheep Gathering!

Sonia and I spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene at the Black Sheep Gathering running a booth for Stash!

Stash at Black Sheep! 

We had a great selection of local indie dyers….Baah!, Becoming Art, Pigeonroof Studios, Hazel Knits, Knitted Wit, Imperial, Abstract Fibers…and more!

Oh, look! There are some Grey Poodle Designs bags! 

Local handspun, gorgeous buttons, and more!

 I had a fantastic time working at the festival, seeing all of the wonderful handknits, and shopping, of course!

Some highlights of the show for me (besides representing Stash!) were:

-The Huckleberry Knits booth…we carry their yarn, but I made a few purchases of some things we don’t carry at the shop!

-Purchasing a WooLee Winder for my spinning wheel! It was my first purchase of the weekend and I wasted no time putting it on my wheel Friday night and giving it a spin (ha!).

-Seeing all of the gorgeous handknits people were wearing. Especially the Suki Shawl from The Sock Report. There were two women wearing Suki, one of them being the designer. Both were absolutely gorgeous and made me want to cast-on Right. This. Second.

Miss Purl stitch markers….she had a fantastic selection and I ended up with a couple of sets.

-The Bar-Maids booth…I ended up with a Lo-lo bar, Oh, For Feet’s Sake, and a new serum they just came out with.

Hansen Minispinners. The Stash booth was right across the aisle from the Hansen MiniSpinners booth. It had the potential of being very dangerous for my bank account! I tried one out on Saturday during a little down time and loved it. I managed to resist buying one, but I would love to own one at some point in the future!

Well…I think this post has gone on long enough! I’ll be back soon with some more sweater WIPs!

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A Bunting (or two) for Stash!

The LYS I work at, Stash, is going to have a booth at a local fiber festival this coming weekend so I made a couple of buntings to hang on the front of our tables! Aren’t they adorable?!

Initially, I had planned to use the fabrics I used for our shop aprons. However, when I started gathering the fabric it seemed like too many polkadots. I happened to come across these in my online fabric browsing travels and decided they would be perfect!

I used this tutorial for the bunting and looked at several tutorials for the applique, but this one was the most helpful. The bunting would have been a relatively quick project, but the applique really slowed me down! It was definitely worth the extra time and effort, though.

They look so cute on our fence that I think I need to make one out of some laminated fabrics to keep up there for the summer!


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Second Installment of the Twisted Shawlette Club!

My goal with the Twisted Shawlette Club has been to knit each shawl before the next shipment arrives. So far, I’m 2 for 2!

Pattern: Viriditas by Shannon Squire

Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering in Grandma’s Porch

Mods: None!

Viriditas is a scarf/shawl that is worked from end to end getting larger as you work your way to the middle and then getting smaller as you knit to the other end. It was a nice relaxing knit and even though I usually dislike knitting back and forth over a short distance, I really enjoyed this knit!

And of course, the yarn was scrumptious. I haven’t met a skein of Plucky that I didn’t immediately fall in love with. The yarn line-up that Twisted has for this club is just incredible…I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the shipments!

I cast-off the Viriditas shawl the same day as another project I’ve been working on for quite some time. Unfortunately, it still needs buttons and the ends woven in…but I’m too excited about it not to share!

Before Dark in Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK 

I am beyond thrilled with how this sweater turned out! I have some buttons on special order at Stash, which I’m really excited about. I think they’ll be perfect.

Of course, I have several other projects on-the-needles as well…including a hat in some Swan’s Island and a summer top for the Stash Summer KAL. Go check out my WIP Wednesday post over on the Stash blog!

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Zuzu’s Petals

I’ve finished this project a couple of weeks ago, but had to wait for Mother’s Day to post it since it was a gift for my Mom. I saw this pattern right after it was released and knew I wanted to make one (or a dozen!) and the more finished projects I saw on ravelry, the more I wanted to knit it!

Pattern: Zuzu’s Petals by Carina Spencer

Yarn: Three Irish Girls McClellan DK in Buckingham

Modifications: The pattern calls for either sport or worsted weight. I used a DK weight and followed the directions for the sport weight. Other than that…no mods! It was a very quick and satisfying knit and I love the finished product…and thankfully, so does my Mom!

Is it a cowl or a shawl? Sort of both…you knit the “body” flat and then join to work in the round for the edging. You get the look of a shawlette but without having to keep adjusting it so it doesn’t fall off! It’s actually sort of genius.

The TIG McClellan was totally dreamy to knit with. The bamboo gives it a lovely sheen and amazing drape. I have another skein in a semi-solid purple which just might become a Zuzu’s Petals for me!

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Wurm Hat…and some aprons!

There’s been tons of sewing and knitting around these parts (and some spinning, too!) lately. I’ve been branching out with my sewing, which has been really fun! I made my very first skirt, which I’ll post pictures of as soon as I get some and made some really fun aprons. I’m hoping to make a dress at some point and even have fabric and a pattern all picked out. Which brings me to the knitting portion of the blog post….our friend Judy offered to help me with the dress in exchange for knitting her a hat! A friend of hers who is a knitter was wearing a hat she liked and she found out the pattern name, picked out some yarn and I knit it up for her.

Pattern: Wurm by Katharina Nopp

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sport in Clematis

Modifications: I cut out one repeat because the hat was getting quite long and I was running out of yarn!

What a fun pattern! I love that the brim of the hat is doubled and doesn’t require a provisional cast-on in order to achieve this feature. The pattern was easily memorized and didn’t require much attention besides counting rows every so often. The yarn, of course, was glorious to work with. I’ve knit with several of the Madelinetosh bases before, but the Tosh Sport was new to me. It has a nice tight twist and has fantastic stitch definition.

Onto the aprons!

Not too long ago Sonia and I were chatting about what we could do to stand out at the shop so that customers could immediately identify who worked there. We tossed some ideas around and not too long afterwards a ravelry friend posted an adorable utility apron she made. She made it for a fiber festival that she was attending as a vendor and I immediately messaged her to find out where she got the pattern! She pointed me towards this tutorial and I immediately sent the link to Sonia. After a lot of fabric browsing, we finally settled on some Michael Miller fabrics (from the Red & Aqua line…they just happen to be the shop colors!).

We decided to go with 2 different designs for the 4 aprons.

I made the ties longer than the pattern calls for so that we could tie them in front.

Little tab for hanging things.

And because other crafters out there will totally relate to this….

Multitasking at it’s finest. Keeping warm with Dancette and trying to get pictures of the aprons and Wurm hat before the sun went down.


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Our most recent Knit-a-long at Stash was a choice between the Dancette Shawl and the Ishbel Shawl. I knit an Ishbel a couple of years ago, and while I love it I really wanted to do something with stripes…Dancette was just the thing! I got a bit of a late start to the KAL and then had a couple of false starts, but made up for lost time by finishing the shawl in 6 days!

Pattern: Dancette by Irish Girlie Knits

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Adorn in Devin (green) and Swans Island Fingering in Natural

Modifications: Instead of a p2tog bind-off like the pattern calls for, I did a sewn bind-off. I initially bound-off per the pattern instructions, but found that when I went to block the shawl, it was too tight. I wasn’t able to pull the top of the shawl straight across without getting rid of the points at the edge. After it dried, I ripped out the bind-off  (ugh, I know) and then did a sewn bind-off instead. I won’t lie….the sewn bind-off took me 2 hours, but it was well worth it in the end.

Both yarns were incredible to knit with, and even more incredible after blocking. My stitches weren’t as even as I would have liked and a good soak evened everything out and both yarns bloomed beautifully. I have a TON of the Swans Island left (their skeins are a generous 525 yards each!) and am already plotting what I can do with the leftovers.

The pattern was easy to follow and had very clear directions. The stripes keep it an addictive and interesting knit, but there isn’t a single part of the pattern that can’t be done while watching a movie or listening to an audiobook.

Irish Girlie Knits has another chevron-inspired pattern out called Fiar, that I think I might need to knit in the near future! Let the plotting begin….

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